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Itís not often that a great summer swell coincides with a full moon, but when they collide, nature affords us a rare opportunity to paddle out long after everyone has called it a day. These moments are a solitary pursuit with empty lineups, but those who carve graceful lines under a full moon understand how things can be dark lonely and rewarding at the same time. So next time you paddle in from an overcrowded beach break, remember that nothing tastes better than a cold beer after a session. We suggest a glass of this smooth roasty black lager for contemplating empty lineups and waves that go on for days. Most likely, youíll long for epic summer swells under moon lit sessions opening the doors to isolation and empty secret spots of an age trying to pass us by.
Note: Formerly Midnight Sessions Lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Pours dark brown/black, with a small, light beige head. Smells of some nice roasty malts, hints of subtle coffee, dark fruit, and yeast. The flavor is lightly sweet, with the roast and dark fruit balancing each other out admirably. A decent bitterness lingers on the palate in the finish, and even leaves behind traces of tartness. The finish is pretty roasty overall though, with a fruity residue left on the lips. Very nicely done schwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3565) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2008
22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with hellbilly. Pours dark brown, not quite black, with a moderate tan head that lasted until mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and just a touch of chocolate. The flavor is more intense than the aroma with roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate. Quite smooth at the finish with very mild bitterness. Medium bodied. Very sessionable - if this was available in my area, it would be one of my "go to" beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Dark brown, nearly black with ruby edges. Quickly diminishing foam. Smells like a Schwarzbier should with notes dried chocolate, cocoa and dried coffee grounds. Flavor is well balanced, with schwarzbier dryness and notes of dried chocolate and fruit. Letís not get carried away here. Itís a well made beer. I think Kidd Lager is better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Dark clear blackish pour with a small but creamy brown head. I was actually surprised at how dark this was. Tons of dark roasted malt and coffee in the aroma. Lots of dark caramel malt and coffee in the flavor as well, with just a touch of hop bite on the finish. Very good, but not quite great. I would definately enjoy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3405) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Bottle; poured a dark brown/black with very little brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor was very roasted for the style; with more coffee than expected. Mild hopping. A light chalky presence. Would have liked some more chocolate and/or sweetness. Was expecting something spectactular, this was just pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5407) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Very peaty and roasted malt aroma. Dark brown with creamy gooey head and lace. Very roasty flavor with a lot of almost burnt coffee flavor. Just a tad foamy but palate is full and rich. A very nice beer in a style that I like alot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Black pour, rich tan head that coats and lasts. Aroma is lightly roasted, moderate bitter chocolate, some caramel, light hops. Medium bodied, very drinkable, lightly sweet. Nice but Sprecher is still my favorite schwarz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4782) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Pours black into a shaker. Mocha head with excellent retention leaves no lacing as it recedes to skim surface. Dusty cocoa aromas. Smoked sweet malts with a lasting bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 8, 2008
(22 oz. bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julioís Liquors) Pours very dark brown, almost black, nearly opaque but for some highlights around the edges. Three fingers of khaki head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, coffee and some molasses. Mouthfeel is medium-full, almost oily, slightly loose, a bit of fizz. Some patchy, broken rings of lacing. Flavor is quite roasty with notes of bakerís chocolate and slightly burnt coffee. Alot like a stout except flavor is a bit less intense and there is less texture. A bit bitter through finish and leaves a medium-bitter coffee/chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Bottle and served in my Fullers No-Nik pint glass: Near black with some reddish highlights, small but lasting head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of toasted bread, pumpernickel, oatmeal, ashy charred malt, some coffee and cream, hint of bakers chocolate, anise, and non-aromatic Perique pipe tobacco.

The taste starts roasty and pungent with blackened malts at the forefront before lingering onward towards to lacto and soft fruity twang. Once again a tobacco like flavor comes about to slap you around a bit. The finish is a bit of coffee, a bit of walnut, and a bit of ashy wood.

The mouth feel is soft and surprisingly thin, the letdown of the beer IMO. That said, this is one amped up fine example of a dark session lager. Would be even better if the coffee tone was a bit more muted, try some for yourself.

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